Fort Point Light (Maine)
|Fort Point Light in September, 2005.|
|Location||Penobscot River Entrance|
|Year first constructed||1836|
|Year first lit||1857 (current structure)|
|Tower shape||Square Brick Tower|
|Markings / pattern||White|
|Focal height||88 feet (27 m)|
|Original lens||4th order Fresnel Lens|
|Range||15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)|
|Fog signal||HORN: 1 every 10s|
Fort Point Light Station
|Nearest city||Stockton Springs, Maine|
|Architect||US Army Corps of Engineers|
|Architectural style||No Style Listed|
|Governing body||U.S. Coast Guard|
|MPS||Light Stations of Maine MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||87002269|
|Added to NRHP||March 23, 1988|
The Fort Point Light is located in Maine's 120-acre (49 ha) Fort Point State Park. The park is located on Fort Point, a small peninsula running eastward from Cape Jellison, at the entrance to the Penobscot River. The station was established in 1837 and was the first river light in Maine. It was automated in 1988 and remains an active aid to navigation.
The light's fourth order fresnel lens is one of only eight fresnel lenses still in use in Maine. The original fog signal, a 1,200-pound (540 kg) cast iron bell suspended on a pyramidal tower built in 1890, is still visible today, although it has been replaced by a fog horn in the same building.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-17.
- Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 31.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Fort Point State Historic Site". State of Maine, Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks & Land. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- "Classical Lenses in Operation". US Coast Guard. 2009-08-06.
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